A 10-feet-long python was caught from a well by forest officials in Gajalnaickenpatti in Panamarathupatti taluk in Salem district on Thursday and later released into the forest area in Yercaud Hills.
Forest officials said that after receiving information from an agriculturist that a python was found in a well, a team led by forest guard C. Balasubramaniam was entrusted with the task of rescuing the snake and releasing it in forest.
The farmer and forest staff entered the well and caught the snake that weighed about 18 kg.
On the directions of the District Forest Officer, Thangaraj, the snake, that was found to be healthy, was let off in Yercaud Hills.
Villagers turned out in large numbers to have a glimpse of the snake.
Officials said that a 15-feet-long python was caught from an agricultural field in the same area last week and was also released into the forest.
Officials added that there has been increase in the population of python in the district during the past two years.
There has been increase in the python population in the district, say officials